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Kids make bubbles too!

Kids see the world in a totally different way than adults do.  Teaching kids to blow bubbles is a very rewarding and unique experience for both the kid and the instructor involved.  For kids, everything is exciting and they don’t see diving as something to be afraid of but something to be open to try and have fun doing.

They see the underwater world as a different place to go and play with the fish.  They see the opportunity to hang out underwater, blow bubbles and make new friends with the creatures they meet.  They walk away from the experience forever changed by the time they spent in the ocean, grateful for the experience and more aware of all the amazing things that life has to offer them.

Our Dive Instructor Lucia observes the kids in her courses and has some insight on their experience in the water.

“Kids have an adventurous spirit that makes them almost fearless.  They are willing and open to trying anything in the water like swimming upside down, doing underwater somersaults, and swimming like different types of fish while blowing bubbles.  If you show them how to do it, they will gladly try it out.”

Kids can start diving as early as 8 years old by taking a Bubblemaker course.  This introduces kids to the water and the equipment as well as all the fun of diving.  They really enjoy this program because they get to try something that they perceive as ‘very grownup’ and they really take to the challenge.

The course is set to their pace and their interests. Kids really thrive in this type of environment.  If they enjoy fish, then we learn more about identifying different types of fish. If they enjoy underwater drawing, then we draw.  If they enjoy underwater wiggling,giggling and bubbling, well they become instant underwater experts like us!

With their underwater diving success and completion of the Bubblemaker, they feel extra proud that they have tackled something they have only seen mom and dad be able to do. Now they can do it too!

A home for them too

The coral trees in our GOOODive nursery provide a safe home for 500 corals. Every week we go out with guests to clean and survey them. While doing this, we have noticed that coral is not the only resident hanging out in the trees, we have some smaller inhabitants as well. One of these newcomers is the Slender Filefish.

These little guys are very shy and like to take up camouflage and hide in and around the coral pieces, ropes and buoys that make up the nursery. These objects act as a protective home for them to swim around and feed unnoticed by larger fish. Every now and then they will get brave and swim out, or drift down from their safe hiding spot to another branch or another coral, and that is when you get a good chance to see them. It amazing how immediately our man-made coral nursery operation becomes a safe haven for more than just corals but fish as well.

If you are interested in finding these little stowaways plus getting involved in the underwater world in a new way sign, up for our Coral Restoration Foundation course.

If you wish to find out more about Fish and where the little ones like to hide, sign up for our Fish ID course.

Mask Fog

It starts in the corner of your vision and slowly creeps its way across your line of sight. You go from seeing everything in detail down to just seeing the inside of your mask. You, like many others out there diving are officially a victim of mask fog!

Great News! There are many ways you can solve this annoying problem besides the trash can or hanging up your equipment and hitting the beach. It is important to understand that this is a normal reaction between your mask and your face. In all your excitement to dive your face is very warm and the water your mask touches throughout your dive is cooler. Your face actually heats up the air space inside your mask which essentially creates a windshield effect: warm car + cold outside = fog on your inner windshield. You need to prepare your mask before diving to make sure mask fog does not happen to you again, and fingers crossed, ever again.

First things first, if you have just purchased a new mask, or are diving with a relatively new mask, you need to take the time to remove/clean off the thin layer of silicone on the inside of the lenses put there thru the manufacturing process. This can take a few times to truly clean off and will be removed using step 1 and 2 below.

Here are a few suggestions we have found that will help you to solve your mask fog issues:

1) Give it a good clean with a soft scrub soap

2) Ask a dive professional to “burn” it. Sounds dodgy but it helps a lot and quickly removes the thin layer of silicon

3) Purchase a bottle of defog and apply this before each dive allowing 1 – 2 minutes for the chemical to adhere and create a barrier on your mask to stop the fogging effect

4) Keep your face cool if you are in a hot environment or under direct sunlight. Before you descend underwater for your dive, submerge your face for a bit in water to help your face literally cool down

So rather than saying “What the fog!”- take the time to fix the issue and have fun instead! We wish you a future of clear masks and amazing dives.

Better Diving!
The GOOODive Team